One man was killed and another was placed under arrest early last month, after an early morning collision in Turlock, California.
According to officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the victim was driving his 2002 Toyota Corolla through Turlock when he stopped at a stop sign. Once he proceeded into the intersection, his vehicle collided with a 2013 Acura, causing the Toyota to overturn.
The victim, who police confirmed was not wearing his seatbelt, was thrown from the car, and pronounced dead, due to his injuries, at the scene. Police apprehended the Acura’s driver under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).
The driver is currently facing vehicular manslaughter charges, in addition to two felony charges for driving under the influence and causing injury or death. Additionally, the driver was charged with a misdemeanor for driving without a valid license.
DUI Defense in California
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the prevalence of DUI incidents across the state decreased over the course of the last few years. Despite this, DUI and DWI cases account for the largest percentage of automotive related deaths in the state, with nearly 64 percent of automobile accident deaths being directly caused by drunk drivers.
Because this is a serious charge, it is important for every driver in California to have a fair understanding of the legal statutes regarding drunk driving or driving under the influence. In the event you ever face DUI charges, you will want to make sure that you have the best legal protection available.
According to California state law:
- No driver under the influence of alcohol is permitted to operate a vehicle
- The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08
- The minimum penalty assessed in DUI cases is 96 hours in prison, as well as a fine of up to $390
- The maximum penalty assessed for DUI cases is up to 6 months in prison, as well as a fine of up to $1,000
Additionally, according to California law, blood alcohol content tests are considered a “rebuttable presumption”, which essentially means that a defendant in a DUI case is able to challenge those results if they are able to provide evidence regarding their physical state at the time of the arrest. Because not every individual has the same metabolism, alcohol can affect each person differently, and can also show up differently when it comes to BAC tests.
If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges, know that you are not alone, and there are legal resources available to you in your defense. The most important first step to take in any situation where you may be implicated in DUI charges is contacting a qualified criminal defense attorney.
DUI Attorneys in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles and the surrounding towns and cities in Southern California, the defense attorneys at Kestenbaum Law Group represent those facing criminal charges, including incidents involving suspected DUI. Our attorneys have a proven track record when it comes to handling these types of cases, and our team of legal specialists can work with you to address the important questions surrounding your case.
No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your DUI incident, our team of attorneys is committed to representing you and your defense every step of the way.
Do not delay – if you are facing DUI charges it is critical that you act quickly. Let our defense attorneys work with you to build the strongest case possible. To schedule a preliminary consultation to assess your defense, contact Kestenbaum Law Group today at (818) 616-4312.